bear arms

bear arms

to carry weapons The court stated that the right of an individual to keep and bear arms is not guaranteed by the Second Amendment.
Usage notes: usually used in the phrases right to bear arms and keep and bear arms
See also: arm, bear
References in classic literature ?
In some governments the power is vested not only in those who bear arms, but also in those who have borne them.
A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
It occurred to him that he had not been dubbed a knight, and that according to the law of chivalry he neither could nor ought to bear arms against any knight; and that even if he had been, still he ought, as a novice knight, to wear white armour, without a device upon the shield until by his prowess he had earned one.
The highest number to which, according to the best computation, a standing army can be carried in any country, does not exceed one hundredth part of the whole number of souls; or one twenty-fifth part of the number able to bear arms.
They were one of the few families then resident in the colonies who thought it a degradation to its members to descend to the pursuits of commerce; and who never emerged from the privacy of domestic life unless to preside in the councils of the colony or to bear arms in her defense.
Old men who could no longer bear arms took similar stations, and harangued the warriors as they passed, exhorting them to valorous deeds.
All Martian men are warriors, save those physically unable to bear arms.
Would to God,'' said the Lady Rowena, ``he were here safely arrived, and able to bear arms in the approaching tourney, in which the chivalry of this land are expected to display their address and valour.
Then you shall go free upon your promise never to bear arms against the Emperor of Pellucidar again
Though refusing, from conscientious scruples, to bear arms against land invaders, yet himself had illimitably invaded the Atlantic and Pacific; and though a sworn foe to human bloodshed, yet had he in his straight-bodied coat, spilled tuns upon tuns of leviathan gore.
Sire," replied Prince Bahman, "it is our usual exercise, and one that should be neglected by no man who expects to comply with the ancient customs of the kingdom and bear arms.
Appropriately, then, Clement takes a less reckless view than Cheney and his fellow enthusiasts, arguing that the appeals court's sweeping definition of an individual right to keep and bear arms could jeopardize federal gun-control statutes.
The Second Amendment states, "A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
As far as I'm concerned, when you raised your right hand to serve and bear arms for this country, you became a citizen,'' Florez said Wednesday, adding that there are many Filipino veterans in his district who deserve citizenship, also.